The soccer world is in a state of shock and mourning this morning following the news of Cheick Tioté’s sudden passing on the practice field in China. He was just 30 years of age, and his wife is reportedly expecting a baby this week.

Early reports on the passing of Tioté say the former Newcastle midfielder from Ivory Coast suffered a heart attack during a practice with his current team in China, the Beijing Enterprises. That news was announced by his agent, Emanuele Palladino.

Newcastle United shared a brief statement on Twitter expressing their sorrow.

Others from around the world of soccer have also shared their reactions on Twitter.

After spending 2010 through 2017 with Newcastle United, Tioté signed with the Beijing club for an unreported amount of money. he was also a fixture on the roster for Ivory Coast, having made 52 appearances on the international stage for Ivory Coast from 2009 through 2015.

[The Guardian]

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